HP and partners mobilise 3D printing against Covid-19

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HP and its digital manufacturing partners around the world are using their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical medical parts in the ongoing effort against Covid-19.

More than 1,000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals, according to HP.

The firm's 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Corvallis, San Diego and Vancouver are collaborating with global partners in a coordinated effort to increase production and meet the current surge in demand for the parts.

Left: Field ventilator that includes 3D printed parts made with HP's Multi Jet                                                                                                                                                                Fusion technology.

Initial parts being validated and finalised for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronised and effective approach.

'HP and our digital manufacturing partners are working non-stop in the battle against this unprecedented virus,' said Enrique Lores, president and CEO of HP. 'We are collaborating across borders and industries to identify the parts most in need, validate the designs, and begin 3D printing them.'

What parts are being made?

Some of the first parts being validated and produced include:

  • Hands-free door opener: Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes. This adapter allows for easy and more sanitary opening with an elbow.
  • Mask adjuster: Many hospital staff are required to wear masks for long periods of time. This clasp is designed to improve comfort and alleviate associated ear pain.
  • Face shields: Face shields are one of the highest-need personal protection items. Brackets to hold the shield and comfortably fit the wearer are a critical component.

Face shields and hands-free door openers are two of the first parts being made using 3D printing to help prevent the spread of covid-19.

Many more parts are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:

  • Field ventilator: 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as a short-term emergency ventilation of Covid-19 patients. This simplified design enables a robust and less-complex device, facilitating its rapid production and assembly.
  • FFP3 face masks: Effective protective gear is needed for medical providers to treat the volume of expected Covid-19 patients. HP is validating several hospital-grade face masks and expects them to be available shortly.

HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at this website for download.

3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against Covid-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at this website.

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